Made It! #42

After the deception of last week (at least for my daughters, I myself liked the
Plum Cake with Rosemary quite much) I headed for better comments this week by making a Cranberry Bread, but alas, even less enthusiasm about the  bread.  Honest, mine didn't look at all like the one in the pictures that came with the recipe. It was too brown, too moist and it had too much baking soda taste in it, so I guess I did something wrong. Too bad, but next week it all will be well, I reckon.

Next week I will make this delicious looking Spinach Puff Pastry Rolls! I'm not a big fan of cooked spinach, I prefer it raw, but my children are. And packed in puff pastry even I will like the spinach cooked.

Rove Cardigan

After quite some attempts I have finally finished the Rove Cardigan from The Velvet Acorn I promised to make for my oldest daughter. It was love at first sight between my daughter and the cardigan and to me in the picture it didn't seem difficult at all to make. And in principle it wasn't. Just knit and purl stitches. Except for the fact that most knitting had to be done with a circular knitting needle and let me say it mildly: the circular needle and I will never be BFF's. So after trying a couple of times I gave up and adjusted the circular needle parts to straight needles, which makes that the sleeves of the cardigan now have a seam. But who cares; my daughter doesn't even know the cardigan is supposed to be seamless. So..., today I can proudly show you a finished cardigan!
I found this pattern at The Velvet Acorn. It's the third pattern I used from this Etsy shop, what might make you think I have benefits here, but no, I just like the patterns. And what I like…

Oh, Deer...

Now that I found my daughters's Perler Beads again, I became so enthusiastic that I've put away my knitting projects and made a real work of art for Christmas. I've decided that I don't want to have a large Christmas Tree in my living room this year, so I was searching for other decorations to make the room look festive and then I found this pattern.
Not my design, by the way; I lack the patience to design things as big as this piece. I found this idea here.


My Unicorn Pinata was featured by Creative Jewish Mom!

Thank you so much, Sara!

Made It! #41

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make a recipe of my boards every week. Since I have lots of recipes pinned (that, until now, I just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards~
Last week I told you about the cooking magazines I got and the Plum Rosemary 
Cake that I found in it. This week I made one, but after some suspicious looks and just one little nib my kids said 'Iiiieeeeeuw, mom, what is this?!!'. My husband wasn't very enthusiastic either, so no, I don't think this one's a keeper. I myself thought it wasn't too bad, actually I quite liked the plum rosemary combi, but to eat a whole plum cake on my own every time I make one... No. So, on to the next recipe to try.
While searching for good recipes for Christmas, I found this delicious looking Cranberry Bread, so that's on the list for next week.


In the country I live in, The Netherlands, Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is more known and more celebrated than Santa Claus, especially by children and their parents. Most people will not even get out the christmas decorations before Sinterklaas has left the country. His birthday, on the 5th of December, is the day he will give sacks and boxes full of presents to everyone (bought by parents, of course) and the next day he will travel back to Spain, where he's said to be living.
Two things made me start making some Christmas decorations. First, we are making some changes in the bedrooms of my daughters and I found their perler beads, and second, I found this nice perler beads pattern that matches some other decorations that I had in mind making for Christmas. So here's my first decoration of this year! The only thing to hope for now is that there actually will be snow this Christmas.

So simple and yet I love it. It isn't really clear to see, bu…